Wedding Stationery Mailing Timeline: when to send what
Since you’ve never sent wedding stationery to the masses of your friends and families, you probably have no clue when you’re supposed to send what. I’ve broken it down for you, so show this to your mom or your great aunt that is bugging you about when they are getting their invites!
Of course, a lot of this mailing guide really depends on how long you will be engaged, but here is a typical timeline. We are going to keep this EASY. All you need to remember is “6-8” You’ll see why in a sec.
Save the Dates: 6-8 months before the wedding, for destination weddings: 9-12 months before the wedding
Invitation Suites: 6-8 weeks before the wedding, for destination weddings: 10-12 weeks before the wedding
Save the dates are definitely important, especially if you have a less traditional wedding location or time, but do know that they aren’t ESSENTIAL to getting married. Make sure to include the date, location, and wedding website if you have one. The timing on this one is a little more lenient than the invitation suite (unless you’re doing a destination wedding, then nothing about timing is lenient!)
Invitation suites have this thing I like to call the “sweet spot.” They should be mailed out NO MORE than 8 weeks before the wedding.
I know, I know, you’re so excited to get them out in the mail 14 weeks ahead of time, but I can assure you this is a bad idea. Why? People forget. They forget to get their mail. They forget to read their mail. They forget where they put their mail. They lose their mail.
So if you are sending it too early, there is a chance all of the above will happen, therefore they may forget to RSVP on time, or even worse, forget about the wedding altogether.
In the same way, you don’t want to send your invites out too late either. Do not wait to send your invites less than 6 weeks out from the wedding date. Like I’ve said before, the world will not end if they go out 5 or 4 weeks out, but if you can avoid this, do so. People make plans and you want to ensure their plan is to come to your wedding, not go to the family reunion that is on the same day. If you send them out late, there is also a greater chance of people RSVPing late or not at all!